Result: Gloucestershire stun Essex Eagles in Natwest T20 Blast

Ravi Bopara of Essex throws the ball towards the wicket during the Friends Life T20 Semi Final match between Northampton Steelbacks and Essex Eagles on August 17, 2013
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Gloucestershire shock high-flying Essex Eagles in a thrilling Natwest T20 Blast match.

Gloucestershire have produced a shock in the Natwest T20 Blast by defeating South Division leaders Essex Eagles in a thrilling match this afternoon.

It looked as if the Eagles would be winning their 11th game in 12, but Chris Dent shocked the home crowd with a late surge to win the game for Gloucestershire.

The visitors won the toss and put Essex in to bat. The Eagles went on to amass a lofty total of 183-7, with Ravi Bopara the top-scorer on 51.

Despite being underdogs to chase down the total, Gloucestershire reached their target with just two balls to spare thanks to a six, then four from Dent, who finished 55 not out.

Luke Wright of Sussex hits out while Mark Wallace of Glamorgan looks on during the Natwest T20 Blast match between Sussex Sharks and Glamorgan at The BrightonAndHoveJobs.com County Ground on July 15, 2014
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